Is there an equivalent of the Windows "Start Menu" in Ubuntu from where all installed programs can be easily accessed?

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Equivalent of windows start menu in Ubuntu is Dash. Press Super key (AKA Windows key on a Windows-style keyboard) on the keyboard to open up dash. There you can search for installed applications, document, directories and also you can search for online materials (like games, musics, news, etc).


You can directly access the application lens by pressing Super+A (ie: Windows + A). Through that you can access installed, recently used applications.

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    I'm curious, what are all those hard drives?
    – JMCF125
    Dec 9, 2013 at 11:26
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    these are my hard-drive partition.I nearly have 8 ntfs partitions. Dec 9, 2013 at 11:30
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    Why so many? And why NTFS?
    – JMCF125
    Dec 10, 2013 at 14:03

Unity, the default UI since Ubuntu 11.04, has this wonderful Dash desktop search utility. You can access Dash by hitting the Super key (aka WindowsKey key in Windows keyboard).

At the bottom of the Dash, click the application lens among others, as shown in the snapshot (in Ubuntu 12.04 you can directly access this using Super + A):


Click "Installed: See ... more results" to view a menu list of all installed applications.


Click to launch the application you want. Use arrow keys or the scroll bar to browse for more application down the list.


But the Dash is not limited to this... There's much more, and is always getting better!

If you want a more Windows like panel and menus, try installing UI's like Cinnamon by Linux Mint, Classic gnome in gnome3 by GNOME


For those interested in the XP-style Start Menu on Ubuntu , there is classic menu indicator ( which originally was meant to mimic old Gnome menu , which was in Ubuntu way before Unity Dash came around )

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It's written by Florian Diesch , one of the esteemed members of AskUbuntu community and is available for installation via

sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

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